Difference between Kindle and Kindle Fire HD

Key Difference: A Kindle is an e-book reader device, where a person can store thousands of books, magazines, blogs and newspapers. The Kindle Fire HD are full-blown tablets as opposed to the e-Reader only Kindle models. Kindle Fire HD sells three models in the Fire HD range: the Fire HD, Fire HD 8.9" and Fire HD 8.9" 4G.

Though, a Kindle and Kindle Fire HD are released by Amazon, their features are totally different from each other. A Kindle is purely an e-book reader, where one can download hundreds and thousands of books, newspapers, blogs, and magazines. On the other hand, a Kindle Fire HD is a type of tablet, where people can explore more than just books.

Kindle started out as an E-book reader. It is an easy way for readers to carry a number of books with them in one, small mini device. An e-book reader is essentially a mobile electronic device whose main use is for reading digital e-books and periodicals. The Amazon Kindle is a series of e-book readers designed and marketed by Amazon.com. The first version of the Kindle was released in 2007. The word Kindle refers to ‘kindling a fire’. The Kindle first started out as an e-reader, and then eventually developed into a tablet.

Kindle has published different ranges of e-book readers for different readers. Models range from a basic reader to touch screen, and illuminated models for reading under the covers. Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Paperwhite 3G, and Kindle Keyboard are e-readers, which feature the electronic paper technology. The electronic paper, also called e-paper looks like traditional paper and has several advantages, such as better readability, less glare, etc. Whereas, Kindle Fire Tablet, Kindle Fire HD Tablet, Kindle Fire HD 8.9” Tablet, and Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G Tablet are tablets, which feature LED screens.

Kindle Fire HD are opposite to e-book readers, and similar to tablets. They are the 2nd generation of Amazon Kindle, which were released on September 14. There are different models of Kindle Fire HD. The Fire HD models are more expensive than the Kindle, owing to the HD models having more features and improved specifications.

The Kindle Fire HD weighs around 14 ounces, and has 8.9 inch models. They are thinnest in the range, and have 1280 x 800 resolutions, described as HD. The Kindle Fire HD starts at 16 GB storage and end upto 32 GB storage. For regular Wi-Fi access, Amazon claims that the Kindle has a superior antenna that allows switching between the 2.4 GH and 5 GH data bands for faster connections. They claim this is 54% faster than "Google tablet". The Kindle Fire HD runs a modified version of Android without any of the Google features.

Comparison between Kindle and Kindle Fire HD:

 

Kindle

Kindle Fire HD

Description

A Kindle is an e-book reader device, where a person can store thousands of books, magazines, blogs and newspapers.

Kindle Fire HD are full-blown tablets as opposed to the e-Reader only Kindle models. Kindle Fire HD sells three models in the Fire HD range: the Fire HD, Fire HD 8.9" and Fire HD 8.9" 4G.

Developer

Amazon

Amazon

Released date

November 19, 2007

7” Model – September 14, 2012

8.9” Model – November 20, 2012

Operating System

  • Linux 2.6.26
  • Kindle Original 1.2
  • Kindle 2 2.5.8
  • Kindle DX 2.5.8
  • Kindle 3 3.4
  • Kindle 4 4.1.1
  • Kindle Touch 5.3.7
  • Kindle Paperwhite (2012) 5.3.9
  • Kindle Paperwhite (2013) 5.4.2

Fire OS 3.0 proprietary fork of Android OS

Dimension

6.5 x 4.5 x 0.34 inches (HWD)

7" model - 7.5 x 5.0 x 0.42 inches (HWD)

8.9” model – 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.35 inches (HWD)

Weight

Ranges from 206 grams to 290 grams

7” model – 345 grams 

8.9” model – 545 grams

Screen size

6 inches

7 to 9  inches

Stereo speakers

There are no speakers in Kindle.

There are dual stereo speakers in Kindle Fire HD.

High Definition

You can’t watch any HD movies or videos.

Watch HD movies and videos.

Image Courtesy: ebookreaderswitzerland.com, engadget.com

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